Baylor secures 3-1 battle against Arizona State to advance
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The 11th-ranked Baylor squad collected a 3-1 victory versus Arizona State on Friday at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium to advance to the second round of the NCAA championship for a second consecutive season.
"I am so proud of the way the girls handled this game [Friday night]," head coach Marci Jobson said. "This group just has unbelievable character and integrity. Their ability to handle the adversity thrown at them was excellent."
The Bears improved to 18-1-4 on the season, while upping their unbeaten streak to 19 games and their undefeated string to seven. The 18 wins are the most in program history surpassing the 17 victories posted by the 1996 club. With the loss, Arizona State completes its season with a 10-9-2 record.
BU scored first for the eighth consecutive game as Hanna Gilmore netted her seventh score of the season and fourth goal in the last three games in the 16th-minute. Following a throw-in from Kat Ludlow, Lisa Sliwinski headed over a ball to Gilmore who turned and slotted a shot past ASU keeper Chandler Morris from 13-yards out. It was Sliwinski's fourth assist of the year.
"Hanna had a great game again," Jobson said. "She has really just come into her own at the right time. She is playing the best soccer of her life. Her leadership on and off the field has been incredible."
With that goal, Baylor has now scored six goals in the last four games in the 21st minute or earlier.
The Bears added to their lead in the 35th minute on a cross from Larissa Campos to Alex Klein. Campos out-hustled a Sun Devil defender to chase down a ball on the left side. At 10-yards from the end line, she crossed the ball into Klein, who gathered it in and shot to the near post for the goal from 15-yards out.
BU took that lead into the halftime break with goalkeeper Michelle Kloss only forced to make a pair of saves in the period. ASU's best chance to score before the break came in fourth minute. Devin Marshall worked around her defender and pushed a shot towards the frame, but Kloss had moved off her line as snagged the shot out of the air.
In the second period, the Sun Devils finally got on the board in the 55th-minute as Cali Farquharson headed in her 10th score of the year.
Baylor responded 46 seconds later as Taylor Heatherly notched her first goal of the season and the first goal of her career. After an Arizona State foul, the junior blasted forward a free-kick from 42 yards out. The ball took once bounce inside the six-yard box and scooted past everyone to put BU up 3-1.
"It was a cool response," Jobson said. "I was disappointed that we gave up the goal, but I thought our response was excellent. We didn't sit back and we continued to press forward. It was great for Taylor to get that goal."
In the game, Baylor outshot Arizona State 14-11 with 11 of BU's shots coming on goal. The Bears were led by Sliwinski with three shots, while Gilmore, Heatherly and Klein each had two more.
The game was physical from the opening whistle with the teams racking up 33 fouls and six yellow cards in the contest. Kloss made three saves in the game as she improved to 18-1-4 on the year by playing the whole game in goal.